Obama Nominates Lesbian Latina Judge to Federal Bench

President Obama has nominated, for the first time, a lesbian Latina judge to the federal bench, the Washington Blade reports:

QuinonesThe White House announced on Tuesday that Obama named Nitza Quiñones Alejandro as part of a group of three nominees to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Quiñones is a lesbian and was recommended by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

According to a bio provided by the White House, Quiñones already serves as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where she has presided since 1991 over both civil and criminal matters. Before that, Quiñones worked as a staff attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs and as an attorney advisor for the Department of Health & Human Services.

Pat Toomey (R-PA), a Tea Party Republican, joined Casey in praising Quiñones: “In her 21 years on the bench, Nitza Quiñones Alejandro has presided over many cases incorporating different facets of the law. In addition to her extensive experience in the courtroom, she has also remained active in her community through her work with schools and mentoring summer law interns.”


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Our sexuality (and social identity for some) may be very relevant and helpful to anxious 12 year old Gays who’ve been told “it gets better”.

    Don’t worry, Marcus, Tomey is an ineffectual Tea Bagger. He’s still in shock that he actually won the election of 2010.

  2. andrew says

    @Derrick: The reason that teabagger Toomey won in 2010 is because hundreds of thousands of Pa democrats didn’t bother to vote in that non presidential year. That allowed this right winger to win a six year senate seat. He has been and will be casting thousands of right wing votes in the name of the people of Pa. We could have had Joe Sestak, a retired Navy Admiral and progressive democrat in that senate seat.

  3. says

    No doubt about it, it’s the 21 Century and it’s time that appointments should not have it noted if the person nominated is gay,their religion and if they are either left or right handed. The most important fact is that they are qualified! I hate seeing ads at election time,especially in the gay press that notes the Candidate is gay… especially Judges. I remember when Harry Britt, after he was appointed to Harvey Milk’s seat on the S.F. Board of Supervisors was up for election,put out a brochure that folded over… It asked “Who Needs a Gay Supervisor?” and on the inside it read “WE DO!” I could only imagine if his straight opponent had done that in reverse. Ironically, that opponent when running against Harvey, had a tag line “UNITED WE STAND” and the gay press called it anti- gay, yet when they endorsed Britt, they used a banner headline”UNITED WE STAND”. The way this appointments reads is like Obama is paying back his gay supporters. I just want fair and honest politicians and Judges.

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